Inter-ministerial Task Force for Early Education

The Inter-ministerial Group for Early Education met on Thursday, 8 January, 2015, to discuss the scaling up of the Fiecare Copil in Gradinita program to the national level by 2020. The Norwegian and Italian Ambassadors to Romania, representatives from the Education, Labor, European Funds and Finance ministries, and local authorities from Cluj, Brasov, Dambovita, Dolj and Covasna participated.

Hosted by the Italian ambassador, three main issues were identified:

  • The Education and Social Benefit laws include the necessary legal framework, but the actual processes associated with giving food coupons conditional on the children’s kindergarten attendance could benefit from a clearer methodology.
  • Ensuring access to education is not one ministry’s or any one local council’s responsibility; the Labor and Education ministries, together with OvidiuRo and local authorities, will collaborate to clarify legal norms.
  • To scale up the program, counties could apply the solution adopted by Cluj: the General Directorate of Social Assistance and Child Protection, with funds from the District Council, allocates the food coupons.

Moving forward, OvR will seek input from district councils on the issues they anticipate ariving, and direct their concerns to the Education and Labor ministries for additional clarification.


Inter ministerial Group Meeting participants

Work session

Cristina Ghițulică, Minister Counselor; Sorin Cîmpeanu, Minister of Education; Maria Gheorghiu, OvidiuRo cofounder;

Cristina Ghițulică, Minister Counselor ; Sorin Cîmpeanu, Minister of Education; Maria Gheorghiu, OvidiuRo cofounder; Codrin Scutaru, Secretary of State, Labor Ministry;


Maria Gheorghiu, OvidiuRo cofounder; Codrin Scutaru, Secretary of State, Labor Ministry;


Elena Mocăniță, Brașov Field Manager OvidiuRo; Dan Vetișan, Brașov School Inspectorate; Nicoleta Molnar, Deputy Director of the General Directorate of Social Assistance and Child Protection Cluj; Monica Bradu, Brașov District Council

Monica Bradu, Brașov District Council; Nicoleta Stelea, Brașov District Council; Dan Vetișan, Brașov School Inspectorate

Codrin Scutaru, State Secretary, Labor Ministry; Nicoleta Molnar, Deputy Director of the General Directorate of Social Assistance and Child Protection Cluj; Tania Irimia, Secondary Education Director, Education Ministry; Monica Bradu, Brașov District Council

Georgiana Zarcu, Dâmbovița Field Manager OvidiuRo; Luminița Chicinaș, Cluj School Inspectorate

Aurel Dincă, Public Manager, Dolj County Council; Laszlo-Janos Henning, Vice-president, Covasna District Council; Marcela Stefu, Deputy School Inspector, Covasna School Inspectorate


Victoria Tomescu, Dâmbovița School Inspectorate; Viorica Preda, Preschool Inspector, Education Ministry; Ionuț Sibian, Executive Director, Civil Society Development Foundation

Robert Ion, OvidiuRo Consultant; Leslie Hawke, co-founder, OvidiuRo; Vasile Ivanoff, secretary, Dâmbovița County Council; Anda Gagiu, counsellor, Dâmbovița County Council

Aurel Dincă, Public Manager, Dolj County Council; Violeta Manea, Head of Programs and Projects Department; Florin Stancu, Executive Director of the General Directorate of Social Assistance and Child Protection Dolj

Florin Stancu, Executive Director of the General Directorate of Social Assistance and Child Protection Dolj; Emilia Iordache, Deputy Director, Ministry of Finance​

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